Paddling ergo resource pack ence the feel of the shaft by doing some strokes at a cruising speed and at a faster pace to see what is comfortable for the paddler. Safety and the ergo Before using the Ergo at the start of a session there are a number of safety checks to be made: Ensure the ergo is on a flat, stable surface, check that the ropes are in good condition, not frayed or knotted and that they are secures properly to the paddle shaft. Check that the seat and footrest are both secured firmly to the frame ant that the foot straps are also in good repair. Make sure that the pulleys are running freely and there are no obstructions that will prevent the fan spinning freely. Before commencing the activity, the paddler should be ‘warmed up’ and ‘stretched’, the settings on the machine should be correct for their size, age and ability. If in doubt, get the Coach to check The ergo needs to be in enough space that there is no possibility of any object getting in the way of the paddle stroke, or that anyone nearby is injured as a result of the paddle shaft being used. There should be a ‘no-go’ area around the paddling area that no one is allowed in, whilst the ergo is being used. Should there be a number of ergos being used in one area, then they should be sufficiently spaced so that two paddle shafts do not collide and that anyone trying to pass through, or get on or off another machine is not affected in doing so. The ‘no go’ area should be 2 metres each side 2 metres from the centre line of the ergo. 8 The ‘no go’ area should be 2 metres each side from the centre line of the Ergo.
paddling ergo resource pack Risk control In order that injuries and accidents can be minimised the following needs to be taken into consideration prior to paddlers using the ergo. Hazard Who might be harmed Advice for controlling the risk Further Control Measures Finger Entrapment Users and onlookers Warnings about putting fingers in cage and near pulleys Strain injuries Users Use appropriate shaft and resistance for the paddler. Instruct not to over exert or use for too long Strain injuries Staff Lifting and handling advice and training given Being struck by shaft Onlookers Use ‘no go’ area to exclude onlookers from immediate vicinity of Ergo Exercise induced stress Users Do not pressure users when using the Ergo Slips and trips All Ensure floors are suitable, that the footwear worn is suitable and adequate, that there are no items of equipment lying around. Other training activities are kept at a distance Falling off Ergo Users Training in technique and balance given, beginners observed at all times Ergo Collapsing Users Ensure all adjustments, nuts and bolts are secure and functional 9